I have some health challenges currently that I'm in part overcoming through rest and doing very little physically. I've paused a lot of activity (including the number of posts on this blog). FYI I provide a health update at the end of this post.
I miss my active life yet I'm grateful knowing it's only temporary. During this time of being immobilised I've invested a lot of energy in mediation and contemplation. Presently my feeling is that a lot of what I've paused I actually won't recommence or at very least there will be further nuancing of how I work in particular.
It's a very brave and sobering book. The truth portrayed highly resonates with me.
Reading this book reaffirmed a conclusion I reached a very long time ago that politics is a broken system that is failing us.
One of my contemplations has been imagining a world where politics is about collaborations not driven by self-interest and where it's two major parties are more concerned about being right than doing the right thing (America, Australia). More about this in part four. I'm appalled by most aspects of American and Australian politics and believe citizens of both countries must be better served. Here in Australia the I'm right/your wrong or my way is better than yours of our political leaders has cost lives and destroyed many others.
Underpinning my contemplations has been the idea that we will look back at the period in history from 1989 when the Berlin Wall came down as a new renaissance
I've had a sense of a new world being born since I left the corporate world in 1990 and became a mentor for business leaders. A lot has changed in the past thirty+ years. I've become a lot more realistic about change that I can influence. Back them I was just a dreamer. Today I'm still a dreamer yet a being realist keeps me grounded.
The following process has emerged. We will explore personal philosophy in this post and the others in the subsequent three posts.
What's your personal philosophy?
Ian Berry's Personal Philosophy
Essentialism' is a book I highly recommend. Essentialism is based on a philosophy of the famous German designer Dieter Rams weniger aber besser, translated "less but better."